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Volkswagen Plans to Bring Advanced HUD to its New EV

November 14, 2016

Volkswagen is building the entire company around the idea of full electric vehicles and is working hard to achieve a top-notch EV that will compete with the others coming out on the market. The next proposed EV by Volkswagen is known as the ID, and is set for release in 2020. This vehicle will have a range of around 200 miles on a single charge, and Volkswagen also plans on equipping it with a state-of-the-art HUD system. The HUD will give the vehicle a futuristic look, but more importantly, it should make drivers more capable.

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Volkswagen ID Concept Car

The HUD

This HUD system or Heads up Display is going to project images right over the surface of the windshield so the images look like they are on the road ahead. By doing this, special guides and directions can be relayed to the drivers in order to help them learn exactly what to do to continue down the road safely.

The system could overlay turning directions onto the road and actually highlight the roads that must be turned on. This would make following directions at night particularly easy. The system could also highlight potential obstructions in the path ahead, making it easier to avoid obstacles like pedestrians or animals.

Volkswagen also plans to put information such as directions, or safety warnings right on the windshield itself so that drivers don’t have to look away. The system would be designed to avoid being a distraction, and to give only the most vital information to drivers as they navigate the roads.

Making it Happen

Volkswagen cares about this HUD system almost as much as releasing a capable EV. In fact, the company cares so much about the HUD, that they made the decision to position the vehicle’s motor at the rear, just so enough space could be made to accommodate the HUD setup. That means that if nothing else, the Volkswagen EV is going to have one heck of a heads up display in place.

The next Volkswagen EV should be one of the most capable out on the road, and it’s going to be an exciting vehicle eagerly awaited by Volkswagen fans. The cool HUD setup will just be one of the cool features that’s going to come along with the package in 2020.

The Volkswagen Passat GT Concept

November 8, 2016

Volkswagen is known for producing safe and reliable vehicles, but often isn’t expected to produce an edgy vehicle. Most of it’s top-selling vehicles are equipped with smaller engines and aren’t very fast. That doesn’t mean that the automaker isn’t capable of releasing an exciting vehicle though, and that’s exactly what Volkswagen set out to prove with a remake to the very tame Passat. The new vehicle would be called the Passat GT, and it’s a car that’s designed to look and feel much sportier. Volkswagen recently released a GT concept car, and it lived up to all the expectations.

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More Powerful

The Volkswagen GT Concept is notably faster than the standard Passat. It comes packed with a 3.6 liter FSI VR6 engine that puts out a total of 280 HP. The engine is attached to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission that shifts quickly and efficiently for faster acceleration and a better 0-60 time overall.

Sporty Appearance

One of the most important elements of a sports car is the look, and Volkswagen went all out when redesigning the GT concept. It comes with a whole bunch of exterior enhancements that really give it the3 edgy sports car look. Around the sides of the car the first thing you’ll notice are the bold 19-inch Tornado wheels, and with a close look you’ll spot the bright red painted calipers within.

The car also comes with a custom black honeycomb grill surrounded with red accent lines. The car benefits from black accents in all the right places. There’s a black roof, black window surrounds and further black accents within. The Volkswagen manages a modern look as well, thanks to LED headlights, and the dual trapezoidal muffler and exhaust setup. Overall the car comes together as a sporty coupe that’s difficult to ignore.

Enhanced Interior

When you climb inside the concept vehicle, it’s adorned with a range of upgrades that are hard to ignore. Each of the sports seats come with a gray and black design. The door trim and instrument panel carry a carbon fiber design that gives them an edge. There’s also a deep black headliner and piano black console trim that accents the vehicle nicely and ties in well with the black features on the outside.

The concept Passat GT is faster, sportier and nicer looking than the stock vehicle, and it’s not something that you’ll be able to overlook.

Volkswagen Says its MQB Platform will Last for Two Generations

November 2, 2016

Volkswagen, like many automakers today, likes to build as many different vehicles as it can on one modular platform. Doing so makes it much easier to create high quality vehicles, without making mistakes or spending as much money. Most automakers refresh their platforms regularly, but Volkswagen expects to rely on the same MQB platform for the next two vehicle generations at least. But what does that mean for the brand?

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Enhanced Reliability

Changes to a vehicle platform usually come with dips in reliability, at least for the first couple models that rely on the new platform. That won’t happen to any Volkswagen vehicles in the foreseeable future. What that means is that the new offerings will be just as reliable as some of the older and more tested models. No matter which vehicle you get behind the wheel of, it should be rock solid if it’s a Volkswagen model.

Lower Production Cost

The main benefit of this strategy for Volkswagen is that costs are going to go down. It won’t cost the automaker much at all to create new vehicles that are based on the existing MQB platform. This cuts down on the need for engineers and should save the company substantially over the course of a few vehicle generations.

Improve Existing Technology

Instead of changing the way that a vehicle is laid out dramatically, Volkswagen will rely on smaller structural changes and focus on making major improvements to technology that fits into the MQB platform. This could still mean major safety and teach features being added to the vehicles, but less dramatic changes will occur.

Release Vehicles Faster

Using the same standard platform also makes it possible for Volkswagen to put out new vehicles in less time. That’s because all the same standard parts can be called upon to get the job done, or at least some of the same parts. More models can be put out to the public, and Volkswagen will be able to innovate faster and more efficiently.

Relying on the same MQB platform for the next couple vehicle generations seems like a good move for Volkswagen, and it could increase the quality of vehicle that consumers get as well, which is always a good thing.

The VW Atlas at Last

October 24, 2016

As the SUV grows in popularity more and more families are heading to local stores to pick them up. That’s especially true with gas prices still sitting at lower levels. This low-cost fuel, coupled with a trend toward buying bigger vehicles, and SUVs in general, has encouraged Volkswagen to produce its biggest SUV to date, the Atlas.

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Spacious and Roomy

This three-row beast of a machine has space to seat seven different people comfortably. It’s designed to accommodate adults in the second row without a problem, and even the third row offers comfortable seating for most. One of the biggest bragging points that Volkswagen has around this SUV is all the interior space. It’s designed to offer comfortable utility for larger families. There’s room for seven people to sit comfortably, and there is storage space besides. That means that the families can load up for a trip, and bring their important belongings as well.

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Just Enough Power

This Volkswagen SUV isn’t packed with power for its size, but it comes with enough to move you around comfortably, and without the ride feeling too sluggish. The SUV comes with either a four-cylinder or six-cylinder engine. The turbo-charged four puts out 238 HP and the six-cylinder offers 280 HP, both quite respectable figures.

No matter which engine you decide on, you’ll be operating them with an eight speed transmission, that should offer smooth shifting and good power efficiency. The SUV isn’t going to fly down the road, but it should speed up comfortably and offer good roadside handling, especially if you opt for the healthier 280 HP engine.

That said, don’t expect the SUV to be very efficient, it’s impossible to find a vehicle as large as the Atlas that is.

Safety Features

One thing that’s always important on a full-sized SUV is the safety features that it comes with, and you can expect plenty of those from the Atlas. It should be equipped with a crash mitigation system that cuts down on damage during a serious crash. During the impact, sensors will detect that an impact is occurring, and help slam on the brakes to stop it in its tracks.

The SUV will also come with traction control, a slew of airbags throughout and likely some collision prevention systems, though there is no word about that technology as of yet.

Overall the Atlas is an exciting SUV offering from Volkswagen, and it’s probably going to encourage some more people to give the automaker a chance. It comes with a lot of nice features that families care about, and it looks a whole lot cooler than a minivan does while offering the same level of utility.

 

 

Rotating Your Tires is So Important

October 18, 2016

If you’re the type of person that really takes care of your vehicles, you probably already know the importance of regular oil changes, new brake pads, spark plugs and air filters. What you might not have realized is that another very important area of maintenance that you may be overlooking is tire rotation. Rotating your tires helps keep them functioning properly for longer, it helps keep your vehicle safe to drive for longer, and it can even help maintain the health of your suspension system.

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What is Tire Rotation?

Tire rotation is a really simple concept. Image taking off all the tires on your Volkswagen vehicle, and putting the tires in different positions. That’s all that a rotation is. The tires are positioned in different areas of the vehicle in a specific pattern. That pattern varies depending on the brand of the vehicle, the drive type that it has and whether the tires are directional or not, but it’s meant to keep wear as even as possible.

Do it Yourself or Have a Garage Do it?

As long as you have good jack stands, a decent jack and you don’t mind taking the tires off your vehicle or putting them back on, you shouldn’t have trouble completing a tire rotation all on your own. It’s a simple task and something that you can do in less than an hour. The important thing is to learn the proper rotation pattern for your vehicle and tire type.

If you aren’t too confident about changing the tires on your vehicle, or you simply don’t want to be bothered with the task, most garages rotate tires for really reasonable rates. Save yourself the time and effort and just bring your Volkswagen in to have the work done if you don’t want to deal with it.

Nice and Even Wear

The main reason that people rotate their tires is to ensure that they all wear evenly. Imagine taking your Volkswagen out for a spin if half of each of your tires were bald, and the other half had nearly full tread. Not only would you be losing out on a whole lot of traction at those bald points, but you probably wouldn’t enjoy smooth performance either.

When you rotate your tires you can keep tread levels relatively consistent so that all the tires need replacing at the same time and some aren’t wearing faster than others. You’ll also enjoy full tread contact on the roads as you drive around, which will improve your overall handling and performance markedly.

The 2018 Golf is Likely to be Revolutionary

October 12, 2016

Volkswagen is working hard to create a more environmentally conscious image, and what better way to do that than by building a compact car that’s much more fuel efficient? That’s exactly what it appears that Volkswagen is doing, and interested buyers are anxiously awaiting the release of the 2018 Golf this November. There aren’t any concrete details about what the vehicle is going to offer to the public, but people expect more efficiency, gesture controls and an improved media setup versus the outgoing model.

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2016 Volkswagen Golf

More Efficient Overall

There are rumors that Volkswagen is going to take a really serious approach at making the Golf more fuel efficient. It’s expected to be released with a supercharged 1.0 liter 3-cylinder engine that provides just enough power for enjoyable driving. The engine is expected to get fuel efficiency figures north of 50 MPG and some are hoping for figures as high as 60 MPG. That would be a pretty amazing feat, and something that Toyota is having difficulty achieving with its Prius Hybrid.

Gesture Controls Included

At CES 2015 Volkswagen showed off a slew of gesture controls that were supposed to make hands-free control of the media system and other areas of the vehicle easier. They were advertised as a way to make driving safer and to keep drivers from becoming as distracted. The gesture controls are expected to show up on the 2018 Golf, and should make it possible for drivers to change settings, switch radio stations and adjust a bunch of other areas of the vehicle all with simple body movements picked up by a camera system.

A Larger Media Screen

If you’re at all familiar with the Audi Virtual Cockpit, that’s something that Volkswagen is reportedly trying to go for with the Golf. That would mean a nice big LED touch screen instead of the current button and small screen setup that’s in use. It could give the car a more streamlined look, but there’s no guarantee that such a system is going to be included.

Overall the 2018 Volkswagen Golf looks to be a very exciting vehicle. There are plenty of rumors swirling around the next iteration of Volkswagen’s most popular vehicle, but until November those rumors will only be rumors.

Performance and Class Wrapped in an Offroader: That’s the Golf Alltrack

October 4, 2016

Subaru has long monopolized the all-wheel station wagon niche, but no more! Now Volkswagen has a serious contender in the Golf Alltrack, and this baby has got a lot going for it. The compact station wagon handles beautifully in most driving conditions, it’s a blast to drive, it’s spacious and luxurious as well. Let’s stop messing around and dig right in to why this wagon is worth a test drive.

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You Won’t Forget Your First Drive

On the surface the Volkswagen Alltrack is just a family car meant to shuffle around a small family and all their worldly belongings. Once you’re behind the wheel, that façade melts away and you’re lips will curl up at the edges in pleasure as a smile breaks out across your face with every press of the pedal. No it’s not a sports car, and it isn’t meant to be, but it’s one heck of a ride. The Alltrack packs in 170 HP and 190 lb.-ft. of torque. That might not seem like a lot until you consider how compact this little station wagon is. It feels like a whole lot of grunt force when stomping on the accelerator and you’ll have a great time going wherever it is that you happen to be going.

Capable Handling

The Volkswagen Alltrack isn’t one of those vehicles that boasts about being able to take on any weather condition while falling flat in real performance testing. From the moment that you take on a dirt road, a bit of snow or any other poor driving conditions, it’s clear that this vehicles is right in its element. It comes with a range of different driving mode selections, allowing you to custom tailor performance and handling to the current conditions. It also has a powerful all-wheel drive system known as 4Motion all wheel. This VW can put half its power to the rear wheels, providing a true split in power that takes advantage of all the wheels on the car completely.

You’ll feel confident when taking a trip down a dirt road, you’ll be ready to tackle some winter driving conditions, and with the Golf Alltrack you’ll be ready to get out and drive when other people decide to stay home.

A Beautiful Interior

While the focus on the Alltrack is its capability to handle crappy roads with finesse, it’s hard to ignore just how nice it looks on the inside. Volkswagen really went all out to give the car an upscale design, and it makes a big difference. This car looks like a luxury model, comes with comfortable seats that are highly adjustable, and features soft-touch leatherette material throughout. It’s hard to believe that the price of the wagon starts south of $30,000, but it does, making it an excellent value for anyone interested in a good reliable driver that doesn’t look or feel as practical as it actually is.

The Volkswagen Golf Alltrack hits a nice balance that most other vehicles simply can’t provide. It’s luxurious, it’s extremely capable, it’s spacious and it’s small. Buyers considering Subaru wagons will have no choice but to take a look at the Alltrack as well, and they might not be able to look away. If they take it for a test drive they’ll have even more trouble going with a less inspiring Subaru. Yeah, it’s that good.